Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Sophie Jones

As female libidos flew through the roof, the excitement in the air built up for Madrids’ finest Enrique Iglesias. Finishing off his European tour in rainy old Birmingham, he brought summer vibes and heated the Genting Arena up with a phenomenal show the king of latin pop wowed the audience with his first return to Birmingham since 2014’s Sex and Love tour.

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Homegrown talent Beverley Knight warmed up the crowd impeccably, fresh from a run on the West End playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, as usual her vocals were as powerful as ever.

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Best described as a little pocket rocket Beverley dazzled the crowd in a gold playsuit as her soulful vocal rang through the audience. “Hello Birmingham!” she cried “I can’t believe you’ve come out early to see my hometown gig” she excitedly squealed. The audience bopped around on their feet as she took them back to the 90s with ‘Flavour Of The Old School’ backed by her band she then treated them to hits ‘Made It Back’ and ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’ showing off her amazing vocals. Playfully interacting with the crowd they went wild as she burst into her cover of ‘I’m Every Woman’ waving their arms in the air in support for the Wolverhampton songstress.

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Bright technicolour paint splashes filled the backdrop as the band came on, the audience screamed in anticipation waiting for the latino idol to grace the stage, as the infectious beat of ‘Miami’ kicked in, Enrique appeared as if by magic on the stage all in black with trademark cap.

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The audience cried and clapped immediately as he kicked off the mammoth setlist, waving and playfully gesturing to them he immediately won their hearts. Better known hits ‘I’m a Freak’ and ‘Duele El Corazon’ had the audience singing along as Enrique belted out the hits with his live band. Working the audience to fever pitch with ‘Bailamos’ the band retired to the B stage for the stripped back ‘Ring My Bells’ with haunting vocals and smooth Spanish guitar the arena lit up with cameraphone torches. Enrique declared “It’s the last night of an amazing tour and tonight I’m here to get drunk” as he swigged out of the bottle he asked if the crowd could speak Spanish. A fan called Ryan caught the swooner’s attention, he beckoned him on stage to join in with the evening, serenading him in a comical duet Enrique giggled as Ryan gave as good as he got, whipping up the audience in a frenzy and dancing around the b stage to ‘Taking Back My Love’. As the band returned to the main stage Enrique and Ryan’s short love affair came to an end with a drunken karaoke style version of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ perched on stools with man hugs at the end of the track.

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The fun didn’t stop on the main stage with ‘Ping Pong Song’, ‘Escape’ and ‘Tonight’, fans grasping at their heartthrob as he stood on the barrier encouraging them to sing along as the stage fell in darkness the audience cried for more, with the fifteen songs that proceeded not being enough to satisfy their thirst.

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Returning to send them crazy ‘Subeme La Radio’ filled the arena with the thumping latino beat carrying on the party before hit ‘Hero’ slowed things down and added a touch of romance to the set. With ‘Bailando’ and ‘I Like It’ finishing off the value for money evening Enrique’s fans loved every moment of his energetic and entertaining performance. The charming showman left them eager for a further fix as ‘EI’ embossed balloons filled the arena with confetti cannons fluttering in the Genting sky.

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